Proper Instant Messaging Security Measures

instant messaging security measures

Proper Instant Messaging Security Measures




One of the avenues where users can become a victim of cyber-attack is through instant messaging platforms. Some of these platforms include Whatsapp, Facebook Messanger, Yahoo Messengers and other platforms where people can send and receive messages. In this article, I want to look at some of the instant messaging security measures that must be taken to prevent cyber attacks. 



instant messaging security measures

What is Instant Messaging…

Instant Messaging allows users to interact with other people on the internet using software applications such as Whatsapp, Messanger, Bots, Telegram, 2go among others.


Some of the security issues…

#1 IMWorm

IMWorm is a worm that can harm a computer. This particular type of virus can locate all your contacts when it finds its way into your device. The IMWorm is also capable of sending itself to all the contacts that you have on your phone or other devices. 


#2 Social Engineering

Social Engineering depends on human interaction that involves tricking people through Instant Messaging and getting their personal information. When you are a victim of social engineering, you might be tricked to reveal personal information when you feel that you are talking with the right person. 


#3 Spam Over IM

Spam Over IM is spam delivered through Instant Messanger instead of sending it through Email. Instant Messaging Systems such as Yahoo Messanger, AIM, Windows Live Messanger, and chat rooms in social networking sites are a popular target for spammers who might want to use those links to send unsolicited links. 

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What you should not do?

  • Do not reveal personal information on Instant Messaging platform.
  • Do not accept links from an unknown person on Instant Messaging platform. 
  • Block users who send unsolicited web links. 
  • Always use a strong password
  • Sign out of the Instant Messaging platforms after using it. 
  • Do not check the Remember Password option



Action Point

I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.



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About Adeniyi Salau 889 Articles
I am an IT enthusiast and a man of many parts. I am a Certified Digital Marketer, Project Manager and a Real Estate Consultant. I love writing because that's what keeps me going. I am running this blog to share what I know with others. I am also a Superlife Stem Cell Distributor. Our Stem Cell Products can cure many ailments.

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